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Animal Tracks and Signs 10:00 am
Animal Tracks and Signs @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
Animal tracks and signs will be discussed during a program at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be a trail hike to view animal tracks and signs to determine which animals are out. Participants can make an animal track. The family program requires a $2 per person registration fee by 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The program will be held with a minimum of six participants. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Funday Sunday: Magical Music 1:30 pm
Funday Sunday: Magical Music @ Mazza Museum
Feb 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
February’s “Funday Sunday” program at the Mazza Museum will have a “Magical Music” theme and include a presentation by students from the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, as well as students from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools. The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Ken Pressel, the musical director for the orchestra, will be at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum with several students and will offer introductions of the musicians and instruments. The musicians will host an “instrument petting zoo” that will give guests a chance to touch and sample the musical instruments available, including the violin, cello and bass. Visitors also will get a chance to create their own music on a piano and have it recorded to be played back for them. Other activity stations will include art projects, face painting and a gaming station where participants can win prizes.
Full Sound Chamber Group 4:00 pm
Full Sound Chamber Group @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Feb 5 @ 4:00 pm
The Full Sound Chamber Group returns to Findlay on Feb. 5 with a program featuring Baroque music by Vivaldi, classical music for piano and strings by Mozart and a lively selection by “The Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 128 W. Hardin St., and is free and open to the community.
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All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School gymnasium
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools’ annual All-City Orchestra Festival will showcase string players in grades 6 through 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Findlay High School gymnasium. The concert is free and open to the public. The 6th Grade Beginning Orchestra, directed by David Brax, will perform two selections, “String Explosion” and “Batman Meets Bowman.” The 7th Grade Orchestra, also directed by Brax, will perform “British Grenadiers” and “Jane and Josie.” The 8th Grade Orchestra, directed by Pressel, will perform “French Dance” and “Fire in the Bow.” The two groups will then combine to perform “The Sailor’s Hornpipe.” The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing “Theme from ‘New York, New York,’” “Go West!” and “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Ken Pressel with assistant directors Anita Schaible and Brax. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-429-2300 or email kpressel@fcs.org.
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From Broadway with Love 7:00 pm
From Broadway with Love @ 50 North
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
50 North has scheduled dance classes and a concert in February. Ballroom dancing classes will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Participants will learn the foxtrot, waltz, swing/jive and more. Registration and a $25 fee per couple (for the entire month) are due by Feb. 1. A concert titled “From Broadway with Love” is planned for Feb. 11, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7. The evening features a variety of Broadway and inspirational tunes, with vocals by Harry and Celia Stockton, along with specialty desserts and coffee. Cost is $7, due by Feb. 6. Call 50 North at 419-423-8496 to sign up for either event.
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Chasing Away the Winter Blues Seed Starting Program 6:00 pm
Chasing Away the Winter Blues Seed Starting Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Kalida-Union Township Branch
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A “Chasing Away the Winter Blues” seed starting program will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Putnam County District Library’s Kalida-Union Township location. Deb Croy will talk about starting seeds indoors during winter, seeds for the garden and the progression of different plants and types of flowers. Those attending should bring a small container and soil. There is a $5 fee. Call 419-532-2129 to register.
Sonic Escape 7:30 pm
Sonic Escape @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm
Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Millar of Sonic Escape will share their Celtic-inspired sounds at Bluffton University. With a flute and violin, the duo’s goal is to use hyper instrumentals to fill hearts with indescribable joy. The Juilliard graduates will be joined by guest cellist Rachel Pinkney. Tickets are available on the web at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.
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Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: The Rough & Tumble 7:00 pm
Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: The Rough & Tumble @ Bluffton Town Hall, third floor
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series presents The Rough & Tumble at 7 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. The Americana-folk duo is a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and deliberate songwriting, all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Admission is free, while a donation will be taken to support the musicians. The Rough & Tumble will also be performing during Sunday brunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe in Bluffton.
Kevin MaC — “Classic Country Jukebox” 8:00 pm
Kevin MaC — “Classic Country Jukebox” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Kevin MaC will bring “southern swag” and a fresh spin on country classics to Findlay when he performs his “Classic Country Jukebox” show at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $20 to $45. In “Classic Country Jukebox,” MaC performs hits by iconic artists Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and more while putting a fresh spin on countless country classics, engaging the audience and taking requests along the way. MaC loves to surprise audiences with his own spin on hip-hop, classic rock and, sometimes, a boy band hit or two, according to his biography on www.eastcoastentertainment.com. Equally at home performing any of these genres, Kevin coined the term “southern swag” to describe his musical style, and said it is “a cool country sound where hip-hop and country styles combine to create a fresh, sexy vibe.” He has opened for Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, Trace Adkins, Colt Ford, LeAnn Rimes, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Missy Elliott, Blackstreet, T. Mills, Timbaland, J. Cole and Ashanti. He re-recorded a “southern swag” version of the 1990s hit “No Diggity” with producer Teddy Riley, and has written and collaborated with Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, Beyonce and Britney Spears. For more information, call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, or visit https://www.eastcoastentertainment.com/artist/kevin-mac.
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Valentine’s Day at McKinnis House 1:00 pm
Valentine’s Day at McKinnis House @ McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 for a program about Valentine’s Day in 1847. Visitors can make a valentine. The free family program requires no registration. For more information online, go to hancockparks.com or call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
Bluffton University Winter Instrumental Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Winter Instrumental Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 19 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Concert Band will present the 2017 Winter Instrumental Concert under the direction of Roy Couch. The show will include: “Songs of Paradise,” a setting of hymns by Charles Albert Tindley, known as the father of African-American hymnody; “Kiwanisca,” a march by Stephen Bulla; “Acrostic Song” by David del Tredici; “Songs of Wales,” a collection of Welsh folk tunes set by Albert Oliver Davis; “From Whom All Blessings Flow” by Ed Huckeby; and “Thrive” by Sean O’Loughlin.
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Love and Romance Among the Constellations 7:00 pm
Love and Romance Among the Constellations @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
A planetarium program about love and romance among the constellations and planets will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 8 years old. Because of limited space in the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by noon Feb. 21. The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants. More information is available online at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New?” section, or by calling the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Bluffton Public Library Star Walk 6:30 pm
Bluffton Public Library Star Walk @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Bluffton Public Library will host a star walk from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve, 14321 Road 7L, Pandora. Those attending should park along the road and meet at the shelter house. Dress for the weather, including good walking boots or shoes, and bring a flashlight. The guided walk will take visitors to the preserve area to look at the stars. No infant strollers are permitted. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Registration is required by Feb. 17 by calling the library at 419-358-5016 or stopping by the front desk. The library is located at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.
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Kate Boyd 7:30 pm
Kate Boyd @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Kate Boyd, associate professor of piano and piano area coordinator at Butler University in Indianapolis, will perform a guest recital at Bluffton University. An active soloist and chamber musician, Boyd has performed solo recitals at Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Musikhalle Hamburg. Her performance will include works by Gubaidulina, Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev.
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Bluffton University Masterworks: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Masterworks: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Masterworks performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Yoder Recital Hall. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, will conduct the performance, also featuring regional soloists and orchestra. For more information, contact Suderman at sudermanm@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3364.
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